Recent Changes in your record suspension eligibility, and how it effects you.

As a result of a Federal Court decision, changes made to the Criminal Records Act (CRA) in both 2010 and 2012 are no longer being applied retroactively for applicants who committed their most recent offence prior to the coming into force of these changes.

This means that applications are now being processed using the CRA eligibility criteria in place at the time of an applicant’s most recent offence.


If your offence occurred:

Before June 29, 2010

Your application will be assessed against this Criminal Records Act criteria: Eligibility criteria: After the expiration of any sentence including imprisonment, probation and the payment of any fine(s), the waiting period is:

  • 5 years – an offence prosecuted by indictment.

  • 3 years – an offence punishable on summary conviction.

If your offence occurred:

Between June 29, 2010 and March 12, 2012

Your application will be assessed against this Criminal Records Act criteria: Eligibility criteria: After the expiration of any sentence including imprisonment, probation and the payment of any fine(s), the waiting period is:

  • 10 years – Serious personal injury offence (within the meaning of 752 of the Criminal Code); including manslaughter; an offence for which the applicant was sentenced to a prison term of 2 years or more, and an offence referred to in Schedule 1 that was prosecuted by indictment.

  • 5 years – any other offence prosecuted by indictment and an offence referred to in Schedule 1 that is punishable on summary conviction.

  • 3 years – an offence other than the ones mentioned above, that is punishable on summary conviction.

If your offence occurred:

On or after March 13, 2012

Your application will be assessed against the current Criminal Records Act criteria: Eligibility criteria: After the expiration of any sentence including imprisonment, probation and the payment of any fine(s), the waiting period is:

  • 10 years – an offence prosecuted by indictment.

  • 5 years – an offence that is punishable on summary conviction.


A person is ineligible if they:

  • have been convicted of an offence referred to in Schedule 1;

  • have been convicted of more than three offences prosecuted by indictment, each with a sentence of two years or more.




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